Care Experinced Children & Young People are often called 'Being Looked After' or 'Being in Care' or ''Care Leavers'
Local authorities have a statutory duty to prepare young people for ceasing to be looked after ("Throughcare’’) and to provide advice, guidance and assistance for young people who have ceased to be looked after ("Aftercare’’) on or after their 16th birthday. There is a duty on local authorities to provide this support up to the age of 19 and a duty to assess any eligible needs up to their 26th birthday, or beyond at their own discretion.
Continuing Care will entitle a young person born after 1 April 1999 and is looked after in foster, kinship or residential care to remain in their current care placement up to their 21st birthday under new provisions in part 11 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. If the placement cannot be maintained due to any of the exemptions set out in the 2014 Act or if in consultation with the young person it is deemed to be in their best interest to have an alternative placement/support, then we would expect this to be provided along with a welfare assessment showing why the placement would significantly adversely affect the young person’s wellbeing.